Williams Weekly | December 21, 2017

Williams Weekly | December 21, 2017 

In this week’s newsletter:

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a fun break, happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

TOMORROW – Holiday Pies Distribution

Thank you to all the families and staff who chose to purchase their holiday pies through the Williams PTO! Tomorrow (Friday, December 22) at dismissal, please arrive at the Blacktop, where your orders will be waiting for you.

Your Money Put To Use – Staff Annual Mini-Grants

As in every year, the PTO has dedicated almost 10% of its budget ($4,000) to make some of the staff dream-projects come true… This year, among other things, the PTO has funded a new, colorful area rug for the Music Room, printmaking equipment for the Art Room, Wobble Stools and Backjack Seats for different classrooms, and a variety of Math, Literacy & Science learning tools and teaching materials. All this would’ve not been possible without your continuous support and generosity! If you haven’t already, please consider donating to our ongoing campaign (all the details can be found below).

The Annual Campaign

Thank you for helping us reach almost 75% of our campaign goal!! We are still hoping for 100% participation, so if you haven’t already, please consider making your donation today, joining the 1 corporation and 52 Williams families who donated so far!

The PTO provides our school with enrichment programs for our kids, classroom learning tools, and community programs. You can learn more about the Campaign and other impressive programs the PTO funds in the ANNUAL CAMPAIGN LETTER. Donate by cash, check (payable to Williams PTO) or electronically via PayPal on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. All donations are tax-deductible and please be sure to check with your company for matching gift programs. Thank you for your support and generosity! 

PTO & Be Ahead of the Game Sports Clinics
Register Now for Session 2

Spots are filling up fast! Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to play sports inside when the weather gets cold outside. Run by Be Ahead of the Game, these evening clinics in the Williams Gym are designed to be skill-building with loads of FUN! Session 2 starts the week of January 29. Sign up now!!

Follow these links for more information and to register:

Monday – Multi-Sports (soccer, basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball)
Tuesday – Basketball
Wednesday & Thursday – Futsal (soccer) training

Gift-Wrapping in Newtonville Books – THANK YOU!!!

Thank you to our amazing parents who volunteered to wrap gifts for tips at the beautiful Newtonville Books Store! With the incredible generosity of the store and the help of Lore Colella, Debbie Kuronen, Courtney Norton, Judy Chuk, Emily McMains & Cristina MacMahon we raised $670 for our school!!

Courageous Conversations

Thank you to all the parents who joined Ms. Farag, Mr. Bang, Mr. Garlick, Mr. Joyce & Mrs. Sabin for last week’s evening coffee, to discuss Courageous Conversations about Race: Understanding our staff focus and implications for parent organization and learning.

Those of you who couldn’t make it, please find the presentation HERE.

Parents from across all Newton Public Schools, including Williams, are organizing within their own school communities to learn together about issues of race, racism, culture, and identity. If you are interested in learning more and becoming a part of the conversation, please contact Williams parents Omer Mendelson at [email protected] or Emily McMains at [email protected].

Still Behind On Your Holiday Shopping…? PUREFunctional Got Your Back!

PUREFunctional is an online store, owned by a Williams parent, offering a wide variety of Modern Scandinavian Design items for both you and your home. On their website you will find Bar and Tableware, House Products, Kitchen Gadgets, as well as Women’s Fashion Accessories and Jewelry. During the month of December, PUREFunctional will donate to the Williams PTO 10% of any order placed on the website, using the code WILLIAMSPTO at checkout. The orders will be delivered at no cost, right to your door at the very next day! Click HERE to visit the store and help raise $$$ for our school!!

Newton Girls Lacrosse – Registration Ends January 5!

Newton Girls Lacrosse, lead by a Williams parent, Nancy Sweatt, is an instructional program with the goals of teaching girls sportsmanship, lacrosse skills, and to be a good team player. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., mainly because it is so much fun to play!

The program is for 1st-8th graders. In the spring practices are 2 times a week and games are on Sunday afternoons. For more information please visit the website HERE.

Newton Little League – 2018 Spring Season Registration

Hello Parents,

With dropping temperatures, snow still lingering, and the holidays firmly upon us, it may be hard to grasp that registration for Newton Little Leagues 2018 spring season is now open. Williams School has been well represented over the past few seasons with both talented players and equally talented coaches, so your child or children will most likely be playing with some of their friends. If you are interested in registering your child for any level, please go to http://newtonnorthll.org and click on registration.

Please feel free to call or text me at any time with questions at 617-877-5056 regarding registration or any other questions you may have about Newton Little League!

Thank you,
Eddie Thomas
AAA Commissioner
Williams Parent!

Art Room Wish List


The Art Room at Williams is a place of creativity and fun. Ms. McGill is working hard to keep it that way for all students. Please consider donating an item from the wish list below and send it in with your child. All items on the list are needed all year round to keep the Art Room functional and support our kids’ creativity!

Aluminum foil
Storage bags gallon size
Sandwich bags
Kirkland baby wipes, unscented
Forks, knives, spoons, and straws
Plastic wrap
Small drinking cups
White paper
Wax paper
Paper towels

Ms. McGill thanks you in advance for your help and generosity!

A Message From Our Librarian

Looking for a nice way to support the Williams Library? Check out the WISH LIST at Bound To Stay Bound bookstore. You can donate a specific book or make a general donation and I will select titles from the wish list to fulfill the amount. This program will run through the end of December but will be available again at the beginning of 2018.  

Thank you,
Mrs. Mason

Gift Policy

It’s that time of the year when many of us want to get a holiday gift for some teachers and staff. Please be sure to read the NPS GIFT POLICY before making any purchases.

Ski Wachusett and Williams receives $10 per ticket!

WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN will generously donate $10 to the PTO for every ticket and/or Beginner Package purchased when you provide coupon code “DON-WPTO” upon checkout, online, or in-person. Enjoy your day skiing at Wachusett and thanks for helping Williams! 

Ongoing Fundraisers

Mabel’s Labels. Need help keeping track of clothes, sports equipment and other stuff? Make it easy with colorful, personalized labels by Mabel’s Labels. These labels can go in the dishwasher, microwave, and laundry! Design your own today at MABELS LABELS and select Williams Elementary School PTO in the school fundraising category. Shipping is free and labels will be shipped directly to you. Goodbye Lost & Found! Mabel’s Labels will share 20% of the proceeds with Williams PTO! 

Amazon Rewards. Shopping with Amazon can earn Williams PTO 4-6% of your order amount if you follow the link found on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. Benefits only apply by clicking the link above prior to every purchase. Items stored in your cart or “Saved For Later” will not apply. 

Newton Energy $avers. Save money, save energy, and support the Williams PTO! In collaboration with the City of Newton’s initiative, Newton Energy $avers (NE$), we are helping connect families to Home Energy Assessments. Green Newton will donate $10 to the PTO for each completed home assessment by Able Home Performance. For more information or to sign up for a no-cost assessment of your home’s heating and cooling system, visit the AUDIT MY HOME WEBSITE

Quick Links
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Connect with other Williams families on Facebook!

About Williams PTO
All parents and guardians of students at Williams are members of the PTO. We wholeheartedly invite you to participate in PTO meetings and activities throughout the year. Parent involvement in the school is a fundamental part of what makes the school experience here so special. No matter what your interests or working style, there is a job or task here that will suit you. Please take a look at our volunteer opportunities and consider signing up!

Support Williams, support our students 
Donations are always accepted, welcomed, and appreciated to keep our school programs funded. Please check for company matching gifts. All donations are tax-deductible. Donate electronically using a debit or credit card via PayPal on the WILLIAMS PTO WEBSITE. Thank you for your support and generosity! 

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